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storm warnings, you can see the majestic color, those are warnings. northern california expected to get snow at higher elevations, but not so much in the cascades. not a lot of moisture available. so, the west definitely seeing some changes from that warm weather pattern we were in. you notice the snowfall predictions, many of the mountains of california, only expecting a couple of inches here or there. the mountainous areas of idaho and montana would be the jackpot of this storm. so, as far as the forecast goes for today, notice the cooler temperatures, chance of showers many areas of the west. and watch out, travel not advised up through idaho and montana this afternoon. that's a look at your national forecast. now he cooler air mass, the skies should fill in quickly. so, the good news, i guess, with this big storm in the northern plains, it's not going to head to the east coast. that area's going to be spared, for once. >> i guess we don't get a third whammy. >> no. >> bill, thanks so much. >>> well, congressman jesse jackson jr. won re-election but could lose with the feds? and elec
40% of california prisoners serving life sentences were sentenced for -- african-american despite california being 6.6 african-american. three strikes stands as a stark reminder of the unintended democracy. the stakes are just as high in the stakes around the country as history is poised to be made. voters have the chance to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for use by adults. voters in maryland could be the first to endorse gay marriage by popular vote. voters seem poised to pass a proposition that would reform that same three strikes law. using direct democracy. joining us is sue, the director of policy and strategic politics at the state's network. adam, the founder and president of freedom to marry and bob herbert back at the table. sue, i want to start with you. there was an iconic moment in 2004, particularly with the anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives. it seemed like the right seized this particular tactic as their own and were using it. the other thing that strikes me is this initiatives passed in a bunch of states and taxpayer bill of rights passed in colorado. surve
aim reporting. >> closer to home the future of education funding in california would put to voters today. two propositions on the state ballot and to give more money to education through temporary tax increase. one measure is proposition 38 vs tax which has the backing of the other. opposition 30 fails it will force an additional $6 billion cut triggering massive cuts to education. 4.5 from cape through eight education. 500 million cut to public universities which will lead to fewer class offerings and the possibility of tuition increases. >> proposition 38 the competing bill is looking to raise money for education plan temporary income tax hike. you cannot vote yes for both of you like. proposition 30 does began pumping money into the educational system leave it. >> measure and will place a one penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks. tricks like soda and sports drinks. basically any beverage that contains a caloric sweetener. it would not apply to 100 percent juice drinks nor honestly know. same-sex marriages on the ballot in several states. voters in maine and maryland and washingt
in california have already cast their ballots in advance of the general election on tuesday. there has been early voting with voters streaming and. in addition, at the alameda office of the registrar many have been received by the mail. >> certainly convenient it might not be a road on tuesday. it is perhaps too late to mail id and so is it is easier to avoid the congestion that the polls. it is more streamlined. >> early voting is also great by mail. we have been able to mail out for a good 40,000 by ballot. we have already received 2000 of those back. with just a couple of days to go it is a good, large percentage of our voting population >> for those people have not used an absentee ballot those must be taken to a polling place. them with just three days and several initiatives on the california ballot it could come down to undecided voters. dan kerman has the latest on proposition 34. if that would pass to be propelling the death penalty. >> death row could shut its doors for good. the new field poll shows of the majority of californians favor proposition 34 which would repeal the death
of hiking income tax rates. states with a lot of tax write offs like california and new york would be hit hard. california money manager says the fiscal cliff face could lead to a lot more problems. i will explain. >> there are different ways to skin the cat. increased tax rates or eliminate loopholes, and if the democrats are going to go down the path to try and find ways to find revenue by increasing taxes or eliminating mortgage interest adoptions on states like california and new york, we both know that on both of these coats, real estate values seem to be the highest in the united states, so if we eliminate that, there will be money to pay to the government as a result. tom: this is becoming clear even before anybody knew who was going to win the election because mitt romney was talking about putting some sort of overall cap which would hurt people with the biggest deductions. and it looks like maybe that is the middle ground then they go for. >> and i think they will come to some middle ground. i think it'll be a temporary fix meaning i don't think this fiscal cliff will be a perman
and the republican campaign has kept up a steady fight. >> it will be paid long fight in california i am not so sure nationally. it will be late in the night before we learn the fate of prop. 30. >> it will be a tight race and as of now they said that once the polls close they plan to wait here for a possibly long night. >> we have new information about what states have gone to what candidates. cnn is predicting governor romney will take oklahoma bringing him 240 electoral college votes. the president meanwhile, its projected winds and several new england states as well as others. maine has been projected for the president as well as (...) the main road island kinetic it is for the president, new hampshire is still a big swing state. it has not been called but the president also has vermont. in addition to the president has been projected to win washington d.c. right here. as well as illinois. no surprise there that is the president's home state. he is surging ahead of governor romney with the slough estates over here. this information is just coming into the newsroom and we'll continue to keep you
the latest edition of california political week or cal-peak, this speaks to what we were talking about. how the republican party has lost its edge particularly among latinos, women young voters. in california, my state california republican party used to have 63.2% of voter registration. registered voters in california. republicans. today, for the first time, voter -- republican voter registration in california, this is according to cal-peak has fallen below 30%. democrats hold every statewide office and both the united states senators and of course the big majority of the united states congressional delegation. republican party bob mulholland use to the work for me as political director of the party. is quoted as saying wolves have a better chance of getting off the endangered species list than republicans. [ laughter ] >> bill: the more tea party they get the more they leave average americans behind. the more they're in decline as a party. here is a person -- some of that may be up close and personal. ginger gibson, politi
and not in california for the last 15 to 20 minutes. the race is said and done in large part because that is in some e- mail in ballots as well. >> that is one of the interest in things that is why you cannot wait too long to actually put your campaign in gear. people more and more are going to absentee. two reasons. is much more convenient. to in a state like california people like to do other things. this is on of election day. we like to go out and part of the voting machines for republican and democrat is put your vote in now and then get going and call out on a g old tv weather is a nevada arizona or people are driving and flying to the east coast. a good number of people are not in the states that are campaigning elsewhere. >> you say that there are some things that people will be voting on today that did not get as much attention as you would like to highlight. >> from someone who used to be a local elected officials there are racists where people only care about these. yes there is a big presidential race. there is a good universal people for whom there are things on the ballot for themselves
the california air national guard got to the east coast last week following hurricane sandy, they were met with a rude reality. what happened to the local national guard troops who heeded the call of hurricane sandy? >> reporter: there is still a lot of activity going on here at moffett field today as the local air national guard unit gets ready for the next emergency situation. after returning from a hurricane sandy mission that in a sense never got off the ground. workers for the california air national guard 129th rescue wing are making sure its helicopters are ready for the next time. the helicopters were loaded on to a transport plane and along with about 100 airmen headed out to the east coast for possible rescue operations for then hurricane sandy. today some said they were ready for anything. >> swift water rescue to picking people off of house tops with the helicopters, providing medical care, whatever we need to do, we'll be ready to do it. >> reporter: but it didn't happen. the 129th commander says the national guard called for assistance on a nationwide basis as sandy picked up
military aircraft arrived in new york state carrying power repair trucks from california. >>> in virginia the "u.s.s. san antonio" was loaded with we leaf supplies and set off for new york and new jersey. >>> the city of hoboken is finally getting back on its feet after flooding stranded 20,000 people. governor chris christie says the power situation has drastically improved. >> remember, at the height of the storm we were at 2.7 million so we're a million more customers have been restored from the height of the storm. >>> in connecticut, garbage is piling up on the streets as flooded basements are being cleaned out. >>> in new york, washed out subways are starting to come back, and there are huge lines to get on buses as the city deals with a gridlock nightmare. work could begin today on removing a massive crane that's been dangling high above a midtown manhattan street. a lot of people are questioning the decision to go ahead with the new york city marathon sunday. mayor michael bloomberg says it won't hurt storm relief efforts. and in lower manhattan where power may not come back until
rain will be from northern california north ward, especially between portland and seattle. we stay dry as high southern california. >>> bearer of bad news, probably the worst travel weather this week will be found in the northwest. >> some people will be having a white thanksgiving. >> only in thighest of elevations. most people are all right. >> good if you want to go skiing. >>> shopping scams you can avoid. anyone born after 1985 has never experienced this chilly weather trend. >>> plus vice president joe biden hits the jersey shore ahead of thanksgiving. we'll have details next. you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back to "early today." here are some stories making news this afternoon. vice president joe biden visited parts of new jersey that suffered the worst devastation from superstorm sandy. biden said he spent summers on the jersey shore as a boy and promises residents that the federal government will not abandon them. >>> new york city officials say they plan to demolish hundreds of buildings damaged beyond repair by sandy. the building department says about 200 homes
morning fog along the southern california coast. >> aside from the sandy-related airport delays in the new york area, it should be smooth sailing for the rest of the country. sailing for the rest of the country. >>> well, sandy's most powerful images are in photographs. the long lines at gas stations like this one in new jersey. efforts being made to move gas supplies from tanks and pipelines to where it is needed most. >> bracing for another nasty commute, there were epic traffic jams across the region yesterday, as workers tried to get to their jobs in manhattan by car, as mass transit remains limited. >> and the all-too familiar scene, bringing water-damaged items to the curb. that's in the fire-devastated community of rockaway, in queens, new york. >>> and sandy could have a major impact on election day. in new jersey, military trucks are being brought in to replace polling places that have been destroyed. voters will cast paper ballots at those sites. >>> and the candidates are preparing for the final stretch in this long campaign. karen travers is joining us with more on that. good m
, illinois, california, and new york, the democrats are going to pick up 104 electoral college there and they did nothing there except go there for fund-raisers. that just shows you how sure we have of these states that are so blue and so red. but it's those nine states that we're talking about. that's what it's going to come down to, those nine battleground states and they are all-- with the possible exception of ohio-- all within the margin of error right now. >> pelley: norah, what do you see going into election tonight? >> one of the things i think is interesting is how much of the country has voted today before election day, the so-called early vote. it's been growing over the years. today we've seen more than 30 million people have turned out at the polls. interestingly enough, scott, the battleground state where this early vote has turned out. look at this. colorado, 77% has already voted. nevada. 72%. north carolina, 63% has already voted. in florida 53%. iowa 44%. and ohio 31%. john dickerson and i were talking about this earlier today. we could have most of the result
. california voters face a tough choice at the poll today. raise taxes or get hit with massive budget cuts. it's an issue that would have nationwide ramifications. but first, here's a look at what's happening in the world and what we have been covering here on "cbs this morning." >> after all the rallies, after the millions of dollars of ads, it all comes down to you. >> this is the day when voters choose the next president of the united states. >> early voting has really been key to the obama campaign strategy. they are leading in the early vote in almost every battleground state. >> one day away from a fresh start. one day away from the first day of a new beginning. >> i talked to a top campaign ad last night. he said romney was confident and that they're feeling good. >> the election may be already over, actually, and we don't know it. >> it's going to be a narrow race. we're even or ahead in nearly every one of these battleground states. >> you know the governor like i do, he's not someone to sit around until the job is done. >> the nor'easter is sure to make life harder for sandy's victim
california edison says the moving truck is longer than a football field. it will take about three weeks to reach utah. authorities say it creates low levels but is not expected to be dangerous. >>> well, back to baseball, melky cabrera, he was not on the playoff roster after he was reinstated following his suspension for steroids. but he will still get his payoff of $340,000. he would normally have made 72% of that. however, the rule mandates the full amount if the team plays ten games. he was eligible to come back and then the giants played ten games. >>> it losses like muni will be making a big statement because of vandalism. muni will have to pay $700,000 to replace that bus, one that was set on fire by the giants' fans after the giants won the world series. it turns out san francisco's policy does not cover buses set on fire. that's a blow to muni because they just spent about 300,000 refurbishing buses last year. >> all right. 7:21. it's mostly clear outside. in fact, some parts of the bay area could cup close to record- breaking temperatures. up next, steve paulson will tell us wh
. the polls are open right now in california, we are all at our abc election headquarters right here in times square. our whole team is going to be out in force all day, all night long as the votes come in. i know robin is watching at home. she's actually going to vote today. we welcome elizabeth vargas. >> thank you, we're all going to vote today. guess what the first votes are in in new hampshire, george, dixville notch, five votes for president obama. five votes for governor romney. that may be a harbinger for you all night long. >> it's been a deadlock all way. let's go to santa monica, california right now. polls are open, votes cast all across america right now. some americans voted before today. mitt romney is not going to stop campaigning. he is campaigning today in pennsylvania and ohio. he knows he needs to win one of those two states. >> trying to eke out every vote that he can. of course, we're not just watching the election polls today. we're also watching the weather. another huge story that's looming is that storm, a nor'easter that's brewing off the east coast. and sam, this w
. another story from the university of southern california. we will pull up the front page of the l.a. times. several people have been shot at a campus halloween party. not sure yet if the victims are students or not. we are trying to get more information out of los angeles. this happened after 1:00 this morning their time. several people shot. we're not sure if they are students or not. hopefully we will have more information a little bit later on a denture the newscast. >> 4:79 now. the investigation continues with a deadly shooting in northwest washington. >> a man shot several times and ignited it. it is unclear what led up to the shooting. police are not releasing information on suspects. a police chase ended with three arrests. the suspects were taken into custody on morton street. officers found a gun inside the suspect poses a car. >> the search continues for those behind the shooting of a teenager in southeast d.c. we do not know how he is doing right now. still checking on that. police questioned one person but so far no arrests. >> investigators are trying to find out what caused
. >> with increase in how they travel throughout california residents are trying to find ways to beat the rush. the wednesday before things can and the sunday after is the most tense when it comes to travel. and lot more people are taking a we also delays can be expected almost every day. there are ways to beat the rush if you know which days to take. >> this is what i call the thanks to the sweet spot. if you have not major plant if you can travel on thanksgiving day the friday or saturday after. in the middle you are likely to find people are at home it will not be that busy, the airport will not be crowded. a good idea is to travel on on thanksgiving day and come back on friday and saturday. at the very last minute you will be able to find some decent fares if you travel on thinking day. >> again this also knows there could be some unexpected delays on monday after the holiday break. that is when the business commute picks up and the holiday travelers continue to find their way home. >> it was 24 years ago today that nine your all the kayla derek disappeared in hayward. she was kidnapped on
: it is the sum of its house district + two for the senate. each state has two senators. california has 55 electoral votes. the district of columbia is awarded three electoral votes. host: jim from iowa, hello. caller: i have a question. in past years with george bush and al gore, that went back and forth. are they planning to make changes to extensive monitoring ? it is a back and forth thing. i have watched this election thing go for 17 months. i used to be a democrat and i'm so disgusted. i went republican. i have a lot of concerns and reservations because i have seen a lot of things change in how things operate and how politicians operates and i am concerned. i got early to vote. host: thank you. guest: the electoral college has not rallied the masses. it is an issue that deals with political process. we have the 2000 election that george w. bush lost the popular vote. that election -- the issue discussion dominated by what happened in florida. there was not a lot of talk about scrapping the electoral college. there has not been a big movement to overhaul the electoral college. it is k
against one of its own former hosts. >>> at 10:00 wednesday morning, the california air resources board will hold its first auction as part of the state cap and trade law. >> companies including the oil refineries are buying and selling. and could generate more than a billion dollars any way. >> they will pass it on to their consumers. >> downtown castor valley looks dishes. >> after two years of work. the boulevard officially reopened yesterday with lehe d lights and planters. >> the street scape project had reconfigured traffic lanes and adding bike lanes in the area from san miguel avenue to redwood road. >>> they love ocean. salmon season, they will have to put away the poles and it comes to a close today. it is back in ap. some officials predicted this would be one of the best season in years. >> with almost triple the amount of salmon compared to last year. >> they will come to an end. >> in parts of california. >> santa rosa ha collar radio. and the it is with the aunt. and it comes after wet weather and a cal down in temperatures. >> the harvest festival continues with unique ar
. >> well, why can't you -- >> because i have the right as a senator to have no comment. >> in california dr. b achera h been declared winning defeating dan lungren. >>> in florida alan west is still hanging on in his undecided race. >>> ron barber who filled the seat of gabby giffords is waiting for the state to tally more than 100,000 uncounted ballots to see if he returns to the house. >>> a tweet sent yesterday from the white house twitter account is a picture of president obama meeting with the u.s. women's gymnastics team in the oval office. pretty cool. >>> and last night nbc's "parks and recreation" featured vice president joe biden playing himself. we have a look behind the scenes as the vice president compares his job to situation comedy. >> now, i just want you to know i got to make two major speeches, meet a couple thousand people but it will be a hell of a lot easier than this for me. so thanks a lot. >> that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> let's take a check at wall street on this friday morning. the dow closed at 12,542 after losing 28 points yesterday. the s&p
as california and hawaii. the amount of this relief effort, the extent of it is truly just staggering and i think people here in virginia, maryland, dc, we all want to help, but we have election day coming up. lots to do. if you want to help out in some small way, this drive here at the fairfax city police department, they are going to be accepting donations. if you have supplies, go ahead and bring them by. back to you. >>> a new wall street journal poll finds that president obama and republican nominee mitt romney remain deadlocked in virginia. >>> vice president joe biden and his wife will be in sterling and richmond today. john mellen camp will perform and governor tim kaine will be at both events. >>> i saw the long lines, i was in some of them. it turns out more than 5 2,000 residents in dc voted early in the board of election. it is more than 10% of the district's registered voters and it is more than double the number of early voters in the 2010 primary. >>> if you want to see a breakdown of the national and local elections, we have a breakdown on wusa9.com right at the top of the h
northwest and northern portions of california and rio grand valley of new mexico and the country is nice and dry. current temperatures as you head out of doors to pick up people in the bus depo and people and family members. a lot of 30s and 40s and 20s up in northern portions of new england and 50s on the gulf coast. by the way, going to the faa website to find out where the travel delays are. their website is down right now on the busiest travel day of the year. currently in new york city. 53 degrees and 62 in raleigh and 80 currently looking for a daytime high in dallas and 70s on the gulf coast. >> brian: first story in sports is not the amazing newings. former world boxing champ hector camacho was shot in the face. he's in critical condition and shot in puerto rico. hit in the face and neck. another man in the car was killed. so far no motive was revealed. basketball now. lakers eeking out a win under the new coach mike d'antoni. they won over the nets. and we'll let you know how the new stadium s. unbelievable performance for the college hoopster last night. wake the kid and get th
counties. the layest on the numbers. >> don't hold your breath. >>> a 21-year-old california man confessed to breaking noonan see pelosi's home. arrested during another burglary in the same napa valley neighborhood. he had a watch on him taken from pelosi's house. and police say he admitted to breaking into six homes. >>> still recovering from super storm sandy, residents in new jersey and new york are now being hit by a nor'easter. the heavy, wet snow took down power lines and made the evening commute a pretty dangerous one. >> more than 1,000 flights have been canceled at area's airports and the nation's largest commuter railroad came to a halt. central park picked up 4 inches of snow, which is a record for this date. >> biggest one, ocean county, new jersey, got a foot of snow. pretty big storm. >> you love snow too. >> no, wake me when it is april. the storm is moving into new england making for what is likely to be a messy morning commute. >> with more on the track of snow and rain we are jind by accuweather meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. >> good morning, rob, paula. the
carrying power repair trucks from california. in virginia, the uss san antonio was loaded up with relief supplies and sent off to new york and new jersey. the city of hoboken is finally getting back on its feet after flooding stranded 20,000 people. governor chris christie says the power situation has drastically improved. >> remember, at the height of the storm we were at 2.7 million. a million more customers have been restored. >> in connecticut, garbage is piling up all along the streets as flooded basements are being cleaned out. let's go back to new york. washed out subways are starting to come back, and there are huge lines on buses as the city deals with a gridlock nightmare. work could begin today on removing that massive crane that's been dangling high above a midtown manhattan street. and a lot of people are questioning the decision to go ahead with the new york city marathon on sunday. to lower manhattan where power may not come back until the weekend. our reporter from wnbc found an incredible sight near a supermarket. >> look how desperate it has gotten here in this neighbor
in -- police say have arrested an escaped prisoner from california who had been loose for 12 years. corrections officials say was taken into custody in fairfax after escaping from a los angeles detention center. history of identity- crimes. authorities say she was still in identity theft and may file additional charges her here as well. >> if you planned to be near dupont circle tomorrow night, officials around the 17th and church streets klaus for the annual high race. flockeds of spectators to 17th street. scheduled for last night, but was rescheduled because of sandy. show will go on tomorrow. halloween was not rescheduled because of sandy. treaters out and about. we caught up with them in northwest washington. you can see it was not just one duess steam. got into the spirit as well. i cannot believe he wanted to be witnessed in that. [laughter] everybody has seen a. it is so nice -- that is his natural hair. is nice everybody is break from this terrible weather. >> it has been nasty around here. when you see what folks have had .o deal with up north a lot of folks said it was not afraid it
nearly 3.5 million people have cast their election lot. texas is second, california ranking third, trailing texas by just about 15,000 close votes. >> the fate of human dignity in our hands. blood's been spilt to afford us this moment. now, now, now! >> daniel day lewis from the upcoming movie "lincoln" portraying arguably the most popular and influential president ever. the latest cinematic blockbuster of steven spielberg. we take note steven spielberg and wife kate cap shaw have donated almost $1.3 million. bill maher and morgan freeman both giving about $1 million to that same obama superpac. as far as congressional contributions, california democrat howard berman has received almost $425,000 either directly or through a super pac. when we last saw berman he was taking part in the debate. that is a congressman on the left. things got a little bit nasty there by the way. polls are showing berman losing his battle to remain in congress. those are your number once. live from democracy plaza here on weekends with alex witt. and if you stumble, you get back up. up isn't easy, and we
and the california coast. but most will, i will remember the people i have met, their strength, their values, their generosity and hospitality to me and tv and our family. it is very important that we continue to fight for them and for families all across america. we have to fight for that young family in long island, new york. the one that wants to buy a home in the community they grew up in cannot afford it. we have to fight for that family in sioux city, iowa that can afford health insurance to pay the bills for its young son. we have to fight for those high school students in los angeles who are saying no to drugs and yes to their future. we have to open up that door of college opportunity to every young person in this country. [cheers and applause] we have to fight to end the shame of homelessness in this country. we have to fight for those unemployed steelworkers in pennsylvania and youngstown, ohio who want to be able to have a good job and a good wage to support themselves and their families. and we have to fight for those families and met with in california whose children today are
title game. they're heavily favored. >> so i go away on vacation, i'm in napa, california. come back, boom, twinkies gone. i can tell you this, there's a chance they will not be extinct after all. analysts say well-known companies are expressing interest in hostess products including pepperidge farm and the company that makes tasty cakes. there's also a potential buyer out of mexico called bimbo bakeries. >> do not go on vacation again. >> i'm sorry. the chocolate cup cakes? delicious. anyway, clock, ticking on the american economy year-end fiscal cliff we've been talking about for awhile here. a challenge, president obama mentioned on his pan asian tour just this week. >> i'm confident that we can get our fiscal situation dealt with. and i think it's important to recognize that yeah democracy is a little messier than alternative systems of government. but that's because democracy allows everybody to have a voice. >> mayors across the country are urging washington to get it back to the before it's too late. they're gathering in washington, d.c. to lay out the issues their cities will
of the northeast, it's now a recovery mission. and yesterday california military planes were loaded with utility vehicles ready to be shipped into new york. an army of some 50,000 utility workers from across the country, even canada, being deployed to the region to help in the massive project to restore power which will take weeks. three navy warships are anchored off the northeast coast to help with the relief effort. in new jersey, military trucks are being deployed to operate as polling places on election day in the hardest-hit communities still remain without power. now, the good news does trickle out slowly. today amtrak will begin offering limited service between new york city and boston. and new jersey transit will also start moving today with limited service. the new york subway system continues to make advances. the "m" train linking queens to manhattan just started running, but there are still no trains running below 34th street where half of manhattan remains in the dark. so the millions of new yorkers who depend on subways, they're now waiting in those long lines for buses. for those
and california and other parts of the country that did not need a fund raiser from the house majority leader. but you saw him putting in face time and getting to know these guys on the trail. possibly in hopes of being able to work with them when they get here. >> or perhaps in securing their vote with republican leader elections, which happen to be right around the corner. one thing that they have got overlooked in the broad scheme of the house, would talk about redistricting as evil. but there are some states that have taken a different approach. the number one state that has taken a different approach is california. california has gone to a bipartisan redistricting commission. they drew lines without input of the state legislature, allegedly without the input of the state legislature. over the last decade, 53 seats in california, five house election cycles. 265 elections in california and only one seat out of those 265 times changed hands. now, though, we have seen -- as they are still counting a lot of districts, but we have seen eight or nine competitive seats with a very interesting st
and california, those are the states where taxpayers have the highest its myselfed deductions, martha. martha: we hear that the president weighed in on the fiscal cliff issue on his trip to thailand and cambodia. what did he say? >> during a joint press conference with the prime minister he asked for devine guidance. >> i believe in prayer when i go to church back home and if a buddhist monk is wishing me well i'm going to take whatever good vibes i can give me to deal with challenging back home. >> wall street hopes the prayers are answered. us companies are pulling back on investment at the fat et cetera rate since the degrees. martha: at the bottom of the hour we will be joined by the man whose job it is to keep track of the gop votes in the house and if necessary keep republicans in line. can he do that? house majority whip kevin mccarthy will be here in "america's newsroom" to talk fiscal cliff with us. we'll ask him about the likelihood of higher taxes in the new year. bill: meanwhile oversees new developments on libya. congress launching an investigation into who changed cia talking points
on means bringing in more than 40,000 workers from 49 out of 50 states. in california, the air force began airlifting more than 60 utility vehicles to new york aboard huge cargo planes. and these workers from alabama pitching in near hard-hit atlantic city. >> they understand the value that comes from being able to serve others. >> reporter: at its peak, more than 8 million customers had no electricity. it's half that number now, and a million more get their power back each day, better than after hurricane irene. on long island, we found this crew working 16-hour days, their own homes without electricity, repairing a downed line for powerless residents. >> i saw the truck down the street. i said, i hope they're coming my way. >> reporter: the crew was, and moments later, lights came on for the first time since monday. >> oh, yeah. >> yay! >> we just got our lights back. thank you, lord. >> reporter: these workers you see here, they are replacing a telephone pole, utility poles that were blown over by the storm. it is slow work. it takes about two hours to remove and replace each one of the
jersey as cokie pointed out but also places like california which are states that he would have won anyway but there was so much organic enthusiasm for barack obama in 2008 that he won -- that a lot of people turned out even in deep blue states where their votes, of course, didn't count, they turned out in mass numbers. the president's people knee this yearhat's not going to happen. so in terms of the overall national popular vote, if you think about red states and blue states where neither campaign is trying to turn out the vote, the blue states like california and new york for various reasons the president's numbers won't be anywhere near as strong as they were in 2008 whereas in the deep red state there is's so much antipathy towards the president that people will turn out in those states even though they are deep red states. they'll turn out the cast a symbolic vote against barack obama. so that's one thing that skews the popular vote by conceivably on election day towards romney more than people are necessarily expecting >> i think that's absolutely right. the red states are re
-huh. the california man behind an anti-islam film that led to violence in the middle east he has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for violating probation. mark basseley youssef was sentenced after he admitted he used several false names in violation of his probation order and obtained a driver's license under a false name. he was on probation for bank fraud. >>> dramatic surveillance video released of the bizarre incident at a utah airport this summer. a sky west pilot accused of murder tried to use a stolen jet as his getaway vehicle. check this out, brian hegland wanted in connection with killing his ex-girlfriend when he hopped in a jet and slammed into a building, crashing through fences, knocking down light poles and damaging more than a dozen cars in the process. hegland committed suicide before police reached that plane. >>> and, with thanksgiving two weeks away, actually two weeks from today, right? thursday, thursday? >> yes, it is. yes. >> i'm going to be -- grubbing in two weeks. >> the predictions of fuller planes and higher fares are coming true. >> new numbers show almos
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